Sr Demand Planner - Footwear

Columbia Sportswear, Inc.


0 year(s)

Job Description

At Columbia, were as passionate about the outdoors as you are. And while our gear is available worldwide, were proud to be based in the Pacific Northwest, where natural wonders are our playground.

Every product we make and every task we undertake is inspired by the famous words of our founder Gert Boyle: Its perfect. Now make it better. As pioneers of relentless improvement, we are constantly evolving.

We believe the outdoors is ours to protect and strive to keep our planet healthy. We believe in empowering people to experience the outdoors to the fullest.

And we believe in you.

Columbia Sportswears dynamic global supply chain consists of 4 distribution centers, 430 retail stores, 80 apparel factories and 20 footwear factories worldwide. We pride ourselves on being able to get products to market quickly, safely, and in the most cost-effective manner. By leveraging data analytics, we are constantly pushing to make smarter business decisions and identifying innovative ways to make Columbia Sportswears supply chain more efficient and effective to meet our consumers ever-changing needs.

As the Sr Footwear Demand Planner you will be responsible for forecasting global demand across regions and channels and providing analytical insights for the Sorel Brand. From Product Creation and Go-To-Market (GTM) processes through seasonal execution, in this role you will create and leverage analytics to lead and inform cross-functional decisions related to product assortment strategy, tracking key performance indicators, and inputs into Supply Chain decisions. Additionally, you will be accountable for driving a consensus Global Demand Plan for defined categories considering multiple data and cross-functional inputs. You may also expect to participate in continuous improvement activities and/or projects representing the functional team.

HOW YOULL MAKE A DIFFERENCEDrive forecast process improvement and best practices with key business partners to measure and improve forecast accuracy metrics season-over-season/year-over-year
Responsible for partnering with Global Finance on the seasonal financial targeting process and collaborate with Global Merchandising to reconcile a global, omni-channel forecast
Conducts operational reviews with Global Merchandising, Global Finance, and key business leaders and/or executive leadership
Facilitate analysis for the long-range forecasting process for improved supply chain and manufacturing planning
Provide analysis related to seasonal hind-sighting, product line architecture strategy, Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), and assortment optimization informing decisions related to product and supply chain execution
Operates as a key business partner supporting the product line plan development process, in collaboration with Global Merchandising, through style productivity and historical performance analysis
Participate and lead internal and cross-functional business process and analytics continuous improvement efforts and/or projects
Performs other duties as assigned

YOU ARE A strong communicator who can collaborate and influence others at various levels, regions, and cultures
Able to multi-task, prioritize essential tasks and meet deadlines
Proactive and assertive in follow-through with business leaders, colleagues, and business partners, including a high degree of self-direction

YOU HAVE A bachelors degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Management, or other applicable discipline; MBA desirable
5-8 years of professional experience in enterprise and/or global planning, forecasting, supply chain, analytics, and/or related fields. Has a deep knowledge of the concepts and theories of the function. Requires broad understanding of the apparel/footwear industry and the global marketplace.
Strong forecasting skills, preferably with Blue Yonder and/or other statistical forecasting applications
A critical eye for evaluating data and translating to decision makers through storytelling
Strong experience analyzing data through Business Intelligence and visualization tools (Power BI/Tableau experience preferred)
High proficiency using Microsoft Excel and moderate experience using other Microsoft suite applications

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Columbia Sportswear Company and our portfolio of brands, including Columbia, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear and prAna, know a thing or two about adventures. After all, we've been on one since 1938, working to perfect the art of enjoying the outdoors. Behind everything we make is an employee who's found that the greatest adventure starts with joining a company that strives to do the right thing.

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.

At Columbia Sportswear Company (CSC), we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. CSC believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.